Chinese new ship orders saw a 47.3% increase, equal to 9.49 million dead weight tonnes, concerning the first four months of 2019 according to China Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry (Cansi). Except the new ship orders China received, the 8.74 million or the 92.1% were for export, experiencing a decrease of 47.7%. Yet, the negative growth was also 23.6% lower, in comparison to January-March.
Damen Shipyard announced that Damen Shiprepair Brest completed repairs to the hull of LNG carrier Methane Princess, after its collision with a harbour tug in Equatorial Guinea. In order to achieve this in the minimum time it was done while the vessel was both afloat and with the cargo tanks holding either some liquefied gas and gas vapour.
Australian shipbuilder Incat informed that has secured a contract to build the world’s largest aluminium ship. The company will construct the 130 metre long ship Buquebus, and it will operate between Argentina and Uruguay. Once completed, the ship will be the largest aluminium ferry ever built.
On 15 May, Damen Shipyards and Debmarine Namibia Ltd took part in a special steel cutting ceremony to mark the beginning of construction on a new offshore vessel. Namely, in February 2019, Debmarine Namibia awarded a contract to Damen to build a new crawler diamond recovery vessel for offshore operations in Namibia.
Worker unions at South Korean shipbuilding giant Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. staged a partial strike on Thursday to protest against the merger with the compatriot major Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co Ltd (DSME).
VSM, German shipbuilder, commented that the industry trend in the world shipbuilding market of recent years has also continued in the past twelve months; in the Asian-dominated shipbuilding volume markets, demand is recovering slowly and remains below the production volume for the fifth year in a row, so that the order backlog continues to melt.
As the Korea Times reports, Hyundai Heavy Industries is facing protests from Ulsan City over its goal to establish the headquarters of Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering, the newly merged company of Hyundai Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), in Seoul.
The US Coast Guard’s next icebreaker is based on a German research vessel, and is also equipped with a Finnish propulsion design. The vessel will be driven by American diesels, according to shipbuilder VT Halter Marine. The US Department of the Navy had appointed VT Halter Marine to be the prime contractor of a $745,940,860 contract for the construction of USCG’s Heavy Polar Icebreaker.
Harjit S. Sajjan, Canada’s Minister of National Defence, took part in a ceremony at Irving Shipbuilding for the start of construction for the fourth Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship, the future HMCS William Hall. This is the fourth of six such ships to be built for the Royal Canadian Navy. The AOPS project is part of Canada’s renewed focus on surveillance of Canadian territory, particularly its Arctic regions.
Members from China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation held discussions with board members of the Croatian shipbuilding group Uljanik, regarding a potential investment on two financially-troubled shipyards. This happens as the Croatian shipyard has been in financial trouble for months.
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